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I love to read, but during the school year I find myself so busy that I don’t have the time to sit down with a good book, even on the weekends. I mostly find the time to read over the summer, and this year, during quarantine. I have read three books over the past few months while being quarantined, and they were all great. Here are my summer reading recommendations for those of you looking for a good book.

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

This book was the first one I read during quarantine, and I finished it within a few days because it is a page-turner. A woman in the neighborhood is found dead and through finding out who the killer is, all of the neighbors’ secrets come out. There are so many suspects, and when the killer is revealed, it will definitely surprise you. This book is a classic ‘whodunnit’ that you won’t be able to put down.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us is Lying is a very popular young adult novel that centers around a group of high schoolers that all get detention together, but one of them ends up dead by the end of the hour. Throughout the book, fingers are pointed at everyone and the students that were in detention become bonded through the fact that they are all suspects. This book is like a modern-day Breakfast Club with a twist, and it’s so popular that it is soon to become a TV series. However, the book is always better than the movie or TV show, so I highly recommend reading it first.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I first wanted to read this book because of the popularity Rachel Hollis has gained in the past few years and I saw the book cover all over social media. This is a self-help book with each chapter titled as a lie that you may tell yourself, and then within the chapter Hollis tells a personal story: how she overcame obstacles in her own life, and how you can too. Overall, this book is really inspiring and anyone that reads it will be sure to finish it with a new perspective.

This blog post was written by Kiersten Sholly, Director of Social Media

College is an exciting journey full of new experiences, good and bad days, and moments that will carry you through your entire life. They say our college years are the best years of our life, and I am not saying they're not, but college can also be extremely overwhelming. As a rising senior, please take my advice and always keep these words in the back of your head when navigating through college and the rest of your life.

1. Never forget who you are and what you are capable of.

During the years of struggling academically before being diagnosed with my auditory processing disorder and Dyslexia, I often wondered why things seemed so much harder or took so much longer than they did for most of my peers. This often left me feeling a lack of confidence deep within myself. I worked hard to overcome this weakness of mine, trying to always remember what my mom told me when I was a little girl. “You can do anything in this world Paige, if you do it with passion.” As a naturally very passionate person, I strived to embody this saying. It wasn’t until just the last few months that I realized my mom’s favorite saying was coming to life. Joining PRSSA during the fall of my junior year, I quickly became excited about the new organization I was a part of. That excitement turned into a strong eagerness to get involved, and that involvement eventually led to a true passion.

2. Don’t cheat yourself, it will only hurt you in the end.

Taking the easy way out may seem easier in the moment, but it will ultimately just hurt you in the long run. When you cheat in life, whether it’s on an exam, or in the workplace, you are only cheating yourself. You are disrespecting and discrediting yourself. You are not pushing yourself to your greatest potential, but instead you are limiting and cutting yourself short.

3. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Always follow your heart.

Day in and day out we are faced with little and sometimes very big decisions we must make. These decisions can sometimes be really hard, but if you follow your heart and ultimately chose what is ethically right, you will know you made the right decision. That right decision will ultimately allow you to go to bed at night feeling good about yourself and your actions.

4. Push yourself, but respect your limits.

One of the greatest gifts humans have is the ability to do anything we put our minds to. We don’t know our true limits until we push ourselves, come out of our comfort zones, and do the impossible. Nothing in life is easy: you have to work for it, achieve it, and eventually own it.

5. Don’t give up when the going gets tough.

Life can be tough, it can make you want to give in and quit. It is crucial to never lose sight of the bigger picture and always remember that your struggle is just temporary. Even when it seems impossible and there is no light, you have to believe things are going to work out. When you believe this, mark my words, everything will eventually get better little by little, because just like my favorite life motto states, “everything happens for a reason.”

This post was written by Paige Nicholas, Assistant Conference Coordinator

Ever since I was 17 years old, I have been working at Red Robin. I’ve been serving for a year now and have good days and bad days.

During COVID-19 I have been working and attending to loyal customers. We opened up our patio seating a few weeks ago when Allentown, PA hit the yellow phase.

There are many things we are doing differently to ensure safety to our customers. All employees are required to wear masks and gloves at all times. Nobody is allowed into the restaurant except for bathroom use. We also carry a limited menu right now because we do not have access to some key menu items.

I have noticed since working that people are more caring and understanding. People tend to have more patience in a time like this.

I recommend to everyone to work in a restaurant at least once in your lifetime. I have met so many different kinds of people and value the life lessons I have learned so far.

It teaches you how to have tough skin and realize there are more important things in life.

I have so much respect for all the essential workers working so hard to keep everyone healthy and happy.

Thank you frontline doctors for all you do, thank you drive-thru workers for supplying everyone with food, thank you everyone who is risking their lives during COVID-19.

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This blog post was written by Kali Lauer, Treasurer

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